The student visa application process for France can be quite challenging for students and study abroad staff. If you work with students studying in France, this Collegial Conversation will offer some helpful information on the application process for a French student visa. Our presenter, Jason Sanderson of Georgetown University, has many years of experience working with the French student visa process. Jason will answer your questions and will offer some updates on the Campus France and visa application requirements.
Based out of New York, Rebecca James serves as CEA's Regional Consultant for New England working closely with university advisors, faculty and staff in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and New Hampshire to support the student exploration, advising and registration processes as well as identifying ways in which CEA can assist in the success of the campus' agenda for internationalization.
Before joining CEA, Rebecca served as the Dublin Business School (DBS) Study Abroad Program Director for five years. At DBS, she was responsible for program growth and development and all aspects of the program including university relations, admissions, advising and e-recruitment. Rebecca worked for EF Education in Cambridge, MA, London, England, Toronto, Canada and New York City where she currently resides. Her other experiences abroad include a summer immersion program in Quebec, Canada and an au pair year in Paris, France.
Rebecca holds a B.A. in French, History and International Studies plus a Certificate in Women's Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.A. in TESOL from NYU. She has been a member of NAFSA since 2004.
Jason Sanderson currently serves as overseas studies adviser for Francophone programs at Georgetown University. Prior to joining Georgetown's Office of International Programs, he served a program officer for Brethren Colleges Abroad. Jason obtained a bachelor's degree in modern foreign languages and international studies from Nazareth College, a master's in intercultural communication from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and is currently pursuing a PhD in sociolinguistics from Georgetown University.
Liliane Spenlé serves as the study abroad adviser at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta. She has been at Agnes Scott for four years. She received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis in Arabic. She studied abroad in France and Morocco. She has been the NAFSA Education Abroad regulatory Practice Consular affairs liaison (CAL) to the Atlanta French consulate for a year.